How to measure, report and verify soil carbon change to realize the potential of soil carbon sequestration for atmospheric greenhouse gas removal

Smith, Pete and Soussana, Jean Francois and Angers, Denis and Schipper, Louis and Chenu, Claire and Rasse, Daniel P. and Batjes, Niels H. and Van Egmond, Fenny and Mcneill, Stephen and Kuhnert, Matthias and Arias Navarro, Cristina and Olesen, Jorge E. and Chirinda, Ngonidzashe and Fornara, Dario and Wollenberg, Eva and Alvaro Fuentes, Jorge and Sanz Cobeña, Alberto and Klumpp, Katja (2020). How to measure, report and verify soil carbon change to realize the potential of soil carbon sequestration for atmospheric greenhouse gas removal. "Global Change Biology", v. 26 (n. 1); pp. 219-241. ISSN 1354-1013. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14815.

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Title: How to measure, report and verify soil carbon change to realize the potential of soil carbon sequestration for atmospheric greenhouse gas removal
Author/s:
  • Smith, Pete
  • Soussana, Jean Francois
  • Angers, Denis
  • Schipper, Louis
  • Chenu, Claire
  • Rasse, Daniel P.
  • Batjes, Niels H.
  • Van Egmond, Fenny
  • Mcneill, Stephen
  • Kuhnert, Matthias
  • Arias Navarro, Cristina
  • Olesen, Jorge E.
  • Chirinda, Ngonidzashe
  • Fornara, Dario
  • Wollenberg, Eva
  • Alvaro Fuentes, Jorge
  • Sanz Cobeña, Alberto
  • Klumpp, Katja
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Global Change Biology
Date: January 2020
ISSN: 1354-1013
Volume: 26
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: measurement; monitoring; MRV; reporting; soil organic carbon; soil organic matter; verification
Faculty: E.T.S. de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas (UPM)
Department: Química y Tecnología de Alimentos
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

There is growing international interest in better managing soils to increase soil organic carbon (SOC) content to contribute to climate change mitigation, to enhance resilience to climate change and to underpin food security, through initiatives such as international ‘4p1000’ initiative and the FAO's Global assessment of SOC sequestration potential (GSOCseq) programme. Since SOC content of soils cannot be easily measured, a key barrier to implementing programmes to increase SOC at large scale, is the need for credible and reliable measurement/monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) platforms, both for national reporting and for emissions trading. Without such platforms, investments could be considered risky. In this paper, we review methods and challenges of measuring SOC change directly in soils, before examining some recent novel developments that show promise for quantifying SOC. We describe how repeat soil surveys are used to estimate changes in SOC over time, and how long‐term experiments and space‐for‐time substitution sites can serve as sources of knowledge and can be used to test models, and as potential benchmark sites in global frameworks to estimate SOC change. We briefly consider models that can be used to simulate and project change in SOC and examine the MRV platforms for SOC change already in use in various countries/regions. In the final section, we bring together the various components described in this review, to describe a new vision for a global framework for MRV of SOC change, to support national and international initiatives seeking to effect change in the way we manage our soils.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Madrid Regional GovernmentS2018/BAA‐4330AGRISOST‐CMUnspecifiedUnspecified
Government of SpainAGL2017‐84529‐C3‐1‐RUnspecifiedUnspecifiedDiversificación de cultivos para la sostenibilidad de los agrosistemas mediterráneos
Horizon 2020774378CIRCASAInstitut National de Recherche pour l'Agriculture , l'Alimentation et l'EnvironnementCoordination of International Research Cooperation on soil Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture

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Item ID: 63722
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/63722/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:63722
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14815
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14815
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 16 Sep 2020 10:36
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 10:36
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